The Dakota Nursing Program is a collaboration of four schools who offer nursing courses through video conferences and face to face labs and clinicals. Become a Practical Nurse in three semesters, an RN in as little as two years, and have the ability to progress right into your BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing).

“Four colleges – One spirit of excellence”



The Dakota Nursing Programs (Practical Nursing Certificate and Associate Degree in Applied Science in
Nursing) have continued full approval through April 2024 by the North Dakota Board of Nursing and are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The Bismarck State College Associate Degree Nursing Program and the Lake Region State College
Associate Degree Nursing Program have been accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education
in Nursing (ACEN). The most recent accreditation decision by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the
associate nursing programs is Continuing Accreditation. The associate degree programs at BSC and LRSC
are accredited through Fall 2028

The Dakota College at Bottineau, Associate Degree Nursing Program and Williston State College, Associate Degree in Nursing Program, are accredited by the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA) through Spring 2028.

Program Accreditation


The Dakota Nursing Program had its first practical nursing students graduate in 2005 and associate degree RN students graduate in 2006. Since then, we have had a total of 3,163 individuals graduate from one or both of the programs.

PN Program Combined Outcomes 2019-2022

ADN Program Combined Outcomes 2019-2022

Dakota Nursing Program Graduate Snapshot- 2021 Graduate Survey